Welcome to 1+1+1=1

First, let me welcome you to my little corner of the web. 1+1+1=1 is a blog that began in 2007 and has grown beyond my wildest dreams! If you are brand new, chances are you are a bit overwhelmed and not sure where to start! I hope this post helps you navigate through the gobs of information available here.

About Our Family

The best place to learn more about our family is here on our website. You can read all about us, what we do, our faith beliefs, why we homeschool, why I blog, and more! You can also peek at our About Us page here on the blog too. Much of the info is the same.

As for me, the one who actually writes this blog, I don’t like writing about that portion as much as I like writing about the people I love, but I know I love to read about {and see a photo} the other women online whose blogs I visit, so here’s a bit about who I am. My name is Carisa ~ yes only 1 s. This is me…

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I am a 36 year old mom to 3, who you will read all about here on my blog, but I am also a wife of IMG_7784over 12 years to an amazing and Godly man {and also as beautifully imperfect as I am}. We have an interesting love story-in a nutshell we were engaged within 6 weeks and married within 11 months. When we left our suburban southern {typical American dream} life to become full time faith supported missionaries, we uprooted it all and replanted in the inner city within 6 months of hearing the initial call from the Lord. We move fast and it seems to be how God likes to do things with us. We seek the Lord together in all we do, both in things we partner on and in things we do individually. Although I write this blog, my husband is my accountability partner in all areas, I am so grateful for his support and wisdom as he guides me lovingly.

 

There is much more to who I am, but hopefully what you will see when you visit my blog is that God has given me things to share and I pray I am a good steward over what He has given me. This blog truly belongs to Him.

I use the same Avatar image for everything so it makes it easier for you ;-) This is the current “me” online…Carisa2010b

My Children

I do keep their real names semi-private. I use blog names for them in print, but yes, occasionally you may see their names in a photo or hear them in one of my videos. It’s not a do or die thing for us-just something we try to be mindful of mostly so their names are not searchable online. Online we call them: Pac Man {oldest son}, Krash {middle son}, and Ladybug {youngest daughter}. If you click on their names you can read a bit more about them!

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About the Name of the Blog

Read all about how the name 1+1+1=1 came to be here!

History of the Blog

Ever wonder how I began my online life? Start here with The History of 1+1+1=1 ~ Part 1. In that post you will find links to the posts that follow and share the rest of the history of the blog and my other sites!

Main Sections

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TotSchool125Tot School Printables 100 Preschool Packs 100 Totbookbutton150tottraybutton Tot School Ideas 125 

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Although it’s not always Christmas, I get asked often about gift recommendations, I recommend looking through these posts, and you can always glance at my School Tools collection.

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I create many printables to share for free, here are several categories which are hosted on my website…

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#1 Post

Ever wonder what the #1 MOST READ post is on my blog? It is…

Behind the Scenes ~ Tot School…Where Do I Begin?Tot School Where

Navigating Around the Blog

The best way to find what you are looking for is to use the top navigation bar…navigation bar

When you hover your mouse over any of the topics, a drop down menu will appear. Here is an example from the Behind the Scenes section…Drop down

When All Else Fails…

There is a SEARCH tool on the right sidebar right under the Sponsors section!


My Other Sites

I do have a few other websites and blogs, it can get confusing, I know. I get confused and I write them all!

  • 1+1+1=1 Website…this is where I host many printables and other extensions of the blog.
  • 1+1+1=1 Reviews & Giveaways…I host all reviews and giveaways on a separate part of this blog. This is so people who are uninterested in that portion can easily ignore it! It is also easier to navigate around the review/giveaway page with it separate. I always share about giveaways here on the main blog, you just have to go to the other portion to actually read the review and enter!
  • Totally Tots Blog…this is my team blog, which I lead with Jolanthe from Homeschool Creations and a team of writers.
  • Totally Tots Website…this is an extension of the Totally Tots blog.
  • Raising My Lil’ Ladybug…this is a blog that I began when my daughter was born. It has since died down for the most part, but there is tons of info on it {mostly about cloth diapering} and I do update it every now and then! Best thing to do is subscribe to it, that way you’d see if I randomly post to it!
  • 1+1+1=1 on Facebook…our FB page is pretty active, I often post over there about things that aren’t worthy of an entire blog post! If you are on FB, I’d love for you to join us there!
  • Pinterest…this is where I host the ideas I found around the web!
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  • Little Bits…this is a non-profit business that my moms runs to support our missionary work. I run the website/blog for her, but it is her business. ALL profits from orders come straight into our missionary account. You can follow the blog to see new products, and please pass it along to friends to help spread the word! She custom makes orders too, info is on the website for custom orders.

FAQ

There are a few questions I get often! I do not mind answering questions for you, but I thought it would be helpful if I posted the information in one place so many could find the answers without having to wait to hear back from me via email or comment. Visit the General Blog FAQ here.

Getting in Touch with Me

I must be honest…email is a VERY hard thing for me to keep up with. It honestly breaks my heart to think that I leave anyone hanging. I know it must feel like I don’t care or that I am selfishly ignoring you. I promise-that is not the case. I simply just do not have the time to keep up with all of my email anymore. I read EVERY email and comment and reply to most of them. There are some that get filed in my “Need to Reply” folder and I get to them when I can {no rhyme or reason to which emails go there-mostly depends on when they come in and how busy I am at the moment}. I am sorry if you haven’t heard from me, if it is something very important, feel free to leave a comment on my Facebook page-I am usually better with that! See my email address and more info about contacting me here.

Want a Button?

I am honored to see any of my buttons on other blogs/sites. If you’d like to add any buttons to your site, I thank you in advance! You can find all of my available buttons and the html coding here on my website.

Interested in Sponsoring?

I do host ad space on my blog, along with providing reviews and giveaways {on a limited basis}. I have a media kit available to any business owners {large or small} who are interested. Please email me with a link to the business you are representing and I will get back to you ASAP! I only accept blog sponsors who are family friendly ;-).

The Bottom Line…

I am online because I feel God calling me to be here. YES, it takes up a lot of my time, and this is a decision I made along with my husband, who supports me fully. My goal is to honor God through this blog and my sites as I try my best to serve others by using any gifts and talents God has given me. At this season of life, blogging is a natural fit since I am home with my children and not feeling called in ministry outside of my home {which I did for years}. Will I always be here? I don’t know, but I do know I feel certain that God wants me here right now. It is my desire to let Christ shine through me…even as the sinful and imperfect person that I am. If you are a believer I welcome you. If you are not, I welcome you. If you want to know what I believe {in a nutshell ~ The Bible…all of it}, you can read more here, if you are seeking, I invite you to go here to a page we created on Totally Tots to help others with questions.

Thank you for visiting 1+1+1=1, I hope you enjoy your time here and that it helps you in some way!

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Welcome to 1+1+1=1

I get a lot of emails from moms trying to navigate around my site when they first get here! As the amount of new readers continues to grow (I am so humbled and honored by this), I thought it might be helpful for me to write up a welcome post to help any readers trying to learn how things are organized around here and how the site can help them!

First, I have 2 sons, their current ages are on Lillpie tickers over there under their photos on the right sidebar. You can always see their current ages, whenever you may arrive and wonder if we might have kids close in age! Online I call them Pac Man (the oldest) and Krash (the youngest). We also have a baby daughter, who we call “Ladybug.” She has her own blog (which is also about health and various other topics), called Raising My Lil’ Ladybug.
Currently Pac Man is in 2nd grade and I have been writing about his homeschooling journey on this blog since Kindergarten, so you can look back and see things we have done. ALL posts featuring anything I have done with him have a label, Pac Man, whenever you click on his photo or this label, it will show you all of these posts and weed out the rest.
Krash is in what we call Tot School, I have also linked his photo to all posts about him, and he has a label, “Krash” over there in the labels section on the right sidebar too.
If you want to learn more about our faith, our family, and a bit of our homeschooling history, you can read our About Us post. If you want to know why the blog is named 1+1+1=1, you can read that here.
Here are the other main areas of my blog and website…
  • Behind the Scenes…these are in depth posts I write about common questions I get from readers, to give you a behind the scenes look at a particular area of our life and/or homeschool. If you click on the graphic on the sidebar, or the label, you can see all of these posts and find any that you might be interested in.
  • Lapbooks, Lapbooks in Progress…these are the labels given to any lapbooks we have done here. I also label each lapbook post by the theme (turtles, weather, etc.) but if you want to see all of them, you can click these and see them that way too! If youa re new to lapbooking or looking for a *how-to* post, I recommend starting here, with my Behind the Scenes post about lapbooking.
  • Tot SchoolThis is a weekly post I do to share what we are doing in Tot school. Other moms link up through Mr Linky and share their ideas also. You can visit the Tot School main page to read more about what it is, the Tot School FAQ page to dig a little deeper!
  • I also wrote an in depth post entitled “Tot School ~ Where do I Begin? you can find that here.
  • Tools for Tots…these are posts for homemade tools I make for my tot, I also provide a Mr Linky here for other moms to share their ideas. You can see all of our ideas together here on the Tools for Tots webpage.
  • Tot Books…these are mini lapbooks I make and offer free for tots. You can find all of them here on the Tot Books webpage.
  • Tot Trays…this is the Montessori inspired part of our Tot School, you can read how we do it in this post and also visit the webpage about this.
  • Totally Tots…this is another blog I lead (I write along with co-writers), all dedicated to tots!

I also occasionally write about photography ( I used to own a children’s photo business), I label all of these posts with “Photography.” One of my Behind the Scenes posts is about this too.

I hope this helps and I am honored that you are here. It is my goal through these sites to help, encourage, and connect with other moms. I do my best to answer all emails (my email is over there on the right sidebar) in a timely manner. If I do not get back to you right away, it does not mean I haven’t read it, I read all of my emails and comments. Life gets going and sometimes I am slower to reply, and at times forget altogether. If you ever ask me something and I don’t get back to you for awhile, feel free to shoot me another email! If you do ask me a question in a comment, I will always answer it in the comments section where you left it, UNLESS you have your email enabled then I can reply to you directly!!!

Again, thanks for stopping by!

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